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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences events: Observing Southampton through the web Event

14:00 - 16:00
12 November 2015
University of Southampton

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Event details

In 25 years the World Wide Web has grown from nothing to over three billion users worldwide and is now embedded in the everyday practices of individuals, families, governments, industry and businesses.

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences

As we use the Web we leave a digital trace of our activities through searching with browsers, visiting web pages and using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia.

This event showcases the Web Macroscope, developed by the University of Southampton Web Science Institute to display real time and historic data of these online digital traces. We will use the Macroscope to explore what we can learn about our local city region from the web data being generated all around us and explore both the challenges and opportunities of these data.


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ESRC Festival of Social Sciences

This year’s ESRC Festival of Social Sciences takes place across the UK from November 7-14 and will feature more than 200 different events including public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings and virtual exhibitions.

It provides an opportunity to meet with some of the country’s leading social scientists and discover, discuss and debate the role that research plays in everyday life.

To find out more about the festival and events visit or join the discussion on Twitter at #esrcfestival


Speaker information

Professor Susan Halford,research interests range from the sociology of work and organisation - with projects on the third sector, the ageing workforce and employee driven innovation - to the sociology of technology and specifically the World Wide Web. Susan will be joined by Dr Ramine Tinati from Electronics and Computer Science, together they have published articles including themes of big data and crowdsourcing.

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